The YES offers Vancouver Island, British Columbia summer camp programs for 14-18 year olds. Expand your leadership and team building skills while connecting with youth from around the province. We look forward to providing community spaces that focus on building leadership, resiliency, connection, mental wellness and more.
July 16 - 22
July 23 - 29
Aug 6 - 12
Aug 13 - 19
Aug 20 - 26
Aug 27 - Sept 2
Grade 8 - 10
Grade 8 - 10
Grade 10 - 12
Grade 10 - 12
Grade 8 - 10
Grade 9 - 11
Current grade refers to grade at the time of registration.
*Similar programming occurs at all our Roots Camps and Pathways Camps, respectively. If you are an older youth thinking about signing up for Pathways but have not attended the YES, please register for Roots D for an introduction to our program.
Pathways Camps are for returning participants only.
It's very important to us to make sure that camp fees are accessible. If you're in need of financial support click here or contact us at email@example.com.
What do we do? Roots is the first level of The YES Program, and focuses on bringing together youth to create a strong, supportive, amazing community with everyone involved. Participants can expect to spend a week being themselves, learning about themselves, and making lifelong friends in the process. Focusing on the values of self-awareness, communication, leadership and co-operation, these retreats are a powerful introduction to co-operative youth leadership in a stimulating wilderness setting. Right on Cowichan Lake, the camps also include options for many outdoor activities including canoeing, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp and some of our favourite camp activities!
Who should sign up? Our Roots program is intended for new and returning participants or participants that flourish in younger age groups. If you are an older youth thinking about signing up for Pathways but have not attended the YES, please register for our Roots D Camp for an introduction to our program.
Note: Participants must have completed grade 8 before attending The YES in the summertime.
What do we do? Pathways is the next step up from our Roots programs. Participants take on greater responsibility, and are challenged to expand their leadership, self-awareness, and team building skills in the spirit of fun and friendship. This camp gives participants a chance to become an even closer community, having already met each other at the Roots level. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp and some of our favourite camp activities!
Who should sign up? This program is for for older youth who have attended a Roots camp already (prior YES experience is required). If you haven't attended The YES before and are older, please sign up for our Roots D camp for an introduction to our program.
Note: If you are interested in attending a Pathways camp but have not attended a Roots, please be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
2023 Camp Rate: $900.00
Standard camp fees are due two weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date unless an arrangement has been made with the office or sponsors. Please see our camp policies for further information on refunds.
The YES makes every effort to make camp accessible to everyone and we understand that camp fees may be a challenge for many families. To help with the cost of camp, there are monthly payment plans available within our registration process, which can be customized further by date and amount via the office, as well as financial subsidies from The YES and sponsorships from many BC Co-ops and Credit Unions. More information about sponsorship is available here.
Location and Transportation
All camps take place at Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre on Vancouver Island. Learn more about this beautiful site here!
All transportation to camps, excluding ferry fare, is included in the camper fee. Pick up and drop off are available from Kelowna, Merritt, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. Participants must get themselves to one of these locations or be dropped off directly at the site. More information about transportation is available here.
Please contact us with any questions at 604-960-1377 or email@example.com.
Registration for camps close two weeks before each start date, with some exceptions. If you're interested in a camp that is closed, please send us a message to inquire for room.
View more information about health and safety, and general inquires under our FAQ.